Expat Housing Services in Italy

A large percentage of Italians, around 70 %, own their own homes, and quite a few families own more than one. Apartments for rent are easy to find in most parts of Italy with the exception of the major cities of Milan and Rome, where they are in shorter supply and also more expensive than elsewhere.


Most apartments are rented completely unfurnished. The amount charged for rent of the cheapest studio bedsitters in Italy start around 300 Euros a month. However, quoted rent in Italy is often open to negotiation with the landlord, and in addition, is tax deductible for the tenants paying the rent. The security deposit can be the equivalent of anywhere from one to three months' rent, unless advance rent is paid every two months. This is returned with interest upon moving out, provided nothing is deducted for damages.


Tenants in Italy are required to be insured and they will have to pay additional service charges for things like upkeep and maintenance. Most other utilities such as telephone, electricity, gas or water must be paid separately. They may also have to pay a real estate agent fee if the assistance of one is used in finding a suitable apartment.

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